If you are looking for a place to visit this May enhanced with some culture and the sounds of music, well look no further as Bath has both readily on tap. Towards the end of May sees the opening of the "Bath International Music Festival 2011" and also the "Bath Fringe Festival", so you will be spoilt for choice.
Bath International Music Festival is a celebration of the world's best jazz, folk classical and world music. The Festival takes place mainly in and around city venues'; it also includes "free to the public outdoor events" for everyone to enjoy, as well as ticket events for smaller venues featuring specialist artists from around the world. On the opening evening of the festival and in true party spirit sees the festivities celebrated with a Céilidh at the Guildhall in the High Street. Tickets are £5, so there is no excuse not to join in the merriment, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy during the festival period of this musical extravaganza.
The end of the month also sees the return of the 17 day "Bath Fringe Festival" which runs through until the middle of June. It features around 170 events from a range of performers offering a wide variety and cultural mix, all in the spirit of the Art's.
This will encompass all aspects of modern contemporary art from stand up comedy and drama to live music performances and street theatre, with performers from around the world taking part in this years' festivities. The Bath Fringe Festival takes place at various locations around the beautiful city of Bath, also watch out for impromptu performances as you wander around the city.
Obviously, this will be a busy period during this time of year, so make sure you organise your accommodation sooner rather than later so that you get the best value and best location suitable for your needs. There are plenty of local bed and breakfasts in Bath catering for all tastes; some are very luxurious. Hotel-wise there are the very exclusive hotels at the upper end of the price range and then there are the smaller family run hotels which give more of a home-run feel.
So if your are wanting to spend a weekend or a week with plenty of entertainment options, a vast array of historical locations to visit and the vibrant feel of this beautiful cultural city steeped in hundreds of years of history,then Bath could be just the right place to book your next break away.